This idea comes from Dr. Ostrowski, a professor from CCSU, and it’s one I think you are ready for.
Remember the passage on the board this week from E.E. Cumming’s poem “in Just” and our discussion of the word puddle-wonderful? (I’m still rolling that one around). It got me thinking about re-inventing words and playing with language.
This exercise will be different, a bit like tossing the ball around outside, a little bit of exercise (even though you don’t realize it) and you’ll be tuning your skill, but overall fun and relaxed!
1. Make a list of words you really like (epic and ginormous, perhaps?).
2. Think of a noun that holds lots of meaning – a heavy noun. (Love, life, independence, etc.
3. Create new word-phrases by combining words from the first list with your heavy noun. Notice which ones work!
Words I like: Noun with many meanings:
Putting them all together: (My favorites are in bold)
solicitor heart redundant heart cipher my heart
heart-caping heart chaos heart tumbler
Rushing heart heart shifting heart-scape
heart-quake jetsam heart/heart jetsam petty heart
Try it! See what you come up with. Play with some new ideas in your notebook. At the very least, you may find a phrase you can use in a poem or a story.